Posted on: July 2, 2012

Councilwoman Willie Evans, MML President Mayor Chip Johnson, CAO Dennis Keveryn, MML Director of Governmental Affairs  Quincy Mukoro, Councilman Tony Thaxton and Council President Manuel Jones

Elected officials of the City of Laurel recently attended three days of training and leadership development presented at the Mississippi Municipal League’s 81st Annual Conference at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum & Convention Center.

“Mississippi Cities Work” was this year’s conference theme. “The MML Annual Conference provides important networking and professional growth opportunities for our members through concurrent sessions and roundtable discussions on various subjects. This conference is also a great opportunity for us to learn from each other through networking and sharing ideas and experiences,” said Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, who took office as the 2012-2013 MML President during the conference.

An estimated 3,000 municipal elected officials, municipal employees, state agency representatives, legislators, exhibitors and others attended this annual event. Many state and federal agencies provided speakers for the educational sessions. Topics included state law updates, grant writing, community health initiatives, beautification and preservation, infrastructure planning, municipal liability issues, community and economic development and the use of Social Media to promote local government.

Councilwoman Willie Evans, Ward 1, accepted an award on behalf of the City of Laurel

During the conference, Councilwoman Willie Evans, Ward 1, accepted an award on behalf of the City of Laurel for the work done to make Laurel a healthy, smoke-free environment for the citizens, workers and visitors.